Vocal Point 8/9/2019

I’m really pleased that we got off to such a good start this week. To date, we have 4 new members and there are likely to be more in the coming weeks

This Tuesday we have John Chamberlain FRPS MFIAP APAGB. John has been photographing wildlife for 35 years and his latest interests are mammals and birds. I believe that we are in for a treat.

Before that our Early Sessions Programme will kick off at 7-00 PM. The Roger Lewis Foundation Course is aimed at members who are relatively inexperienced in photography and would like to learn more about getting the best from their equipment. Whilst it is primarily for novice photographers, there is plenty of interest for members who would like to understand the basics of the photographic process in more detail. Rebekah Nash and Michelle Chance will be there to provide us with more information and detail on Nikon, Canon, PC Windows and Mac.

I would just remind all members – old and new – about the wealth of information that is present on our website – www.bromsgroveps.com. All the details of our programme, early sessions, competition rules, technical information, members galleries and much, much more are there. Please visit and bookmark us.

Finally, I am informed that there are likely to be road closures this week affecting the A38 and the New Road from that point into the heart of Bromsgrove. This could affect a number of members on their journey to and from Avoncroft. If so, please allow yourself plenty of time to attend on Tuesday.

See you all then


Vocal Point 2/9/2019

Hi all

We have a lot to cover today so I will keep things as brief as I can.

The Open Evening went well – we have seven visitors and I know several of them will definitely join as new members. A good night with a nice relaxed atmosphere – the social occasions are always memorable in Bromsgrove PS.

This week we kick off our winter season with our new members night. There is a lot on offer this week. We will look at the programme for the coming season in addition to an update on how the new PhotoEntry competition software will affect our competitions – most people will already have had a chance to trial the system and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

We will also spend some time explaining how the early sessions will work – we are resurrecting the Foundation Course for photography run by our past chairman a view years ago. This will give our members a chance to go back to the basics of photography and photo editing – but more on that tomorrow.

We will also be entertained by a short presentation on photographing models in the South of France from Jez Shimell. All this, and if we have time there will be a short quiz with fabulous prizes.

In addition, we will have the John Dignum sales table tomorrow. There will be a wide variety of items available. There are a number of Canon EF fit lenses available in addition to Speedlite flashes (dedicated for through the lens with Canon, but can be used in manual with other brands), tripods – including professional studio standard and studio lighting. All these items have been valued at “below Ebay prices”. If you have a Canon body then bring it along and try out the lenses. There will also be numerous small items such as photography books, small reflectors and lens filters. Most of these items will be available at a very low cost as well as free magazines and photo mounts. Much of the money raised will go directly to club funds (this helps keep your annual membership fee so low) with higher value sales going to the family of Roger and Gail Lewis.

You will all have received an email last week about the new refreshments rota. This was always going to be a difficult one to approach head-on. To date, I have had replies from 13 members – all supportive. We do realise that there are several members within the club who may have difficulty participating for various reasons and we will be sympathetic to individual needs. That said, the new rota will go live within the next few days.

To finish with I am pleased to announce the success of a number of our members in external competitions. In addition to the prior announcement last week of Colin Close and Len Pugh having a number of acceptances in the Wyvern International, Jenny Webster had 10 acceptances in a Canadian International competition with two gold awards, one Honorary mention and one Judge’s Award. Good work everyone.

Well, that’s all for now, I’m looking forward to your company in the new season.


Vocal Points 26/8/2019

Hi all

Phew, what a scorcher. We’ve just been camping with the grandchildren this weekend – the water fights were actually very welcome. It’s fair to say it’s been exhausting but nothing a good night’s sleep won’t cure. A few photos were taken – mainly in the shelter of the Wyre Forest and around a duck pond.

Just one main thing to mention this week – it is the last night of the summer season – our Open Night. We generated a lot of positive feedback at our event in the High Street recently and we hope to see a good number of potential new members. It would be good to see a good turnout to welcome people, The night will include print and PDI displays, along with a studio setup. Please bring your cameras, I’m sure we can find some volunteer models on the night. There will actually be some freebies – now that makes your membership worthwhile and we may have a small sales table. Let’s make it a happy social night and show our visitors what they can gain from joining us.

See you all soon.


PS prints are welcome tomorrow for display purposes on the night.

Vocal Points 18/8/2019

First off – did someone leave their umbrella at the stall yesterday? I have it in my car.
What a great day for Bromsgrove Photographic Society in the High Street yesterday. We received lots of public interest and quite a few serious enquiries from prospective new members for our new club year on 3 September. The icing on the cake was the support that we received from Karen May – Leader of Bromsgrove Council. Well done everyone for your support and many laughs on the day!  

We also raised the matter of having the use of an empty shop front to display our members’ work on a semi-permanent basis. This was received very positively by Karen – “your prints would look much better than windolened glass in empty shops”.So watch this space.

On the subject of prints – thanks to everyone who loaned us their work for the day. As you know, we have our open night coming up at Avoncroft on 27 August. We propose to put on a display of our work on the night. If possible, I would like to use these prints on the night. However, if anyone would like their work back beforehand, please let me know and I will ensure it is returned ASAP

Also a request for more prints from our novice workers for the Open Night. We would like our guests on the night to see a range of work from all of our members on the night – not just from our more experienced members. They can be mounted or unmounted and feature any subject. Also, any size will do. I will be at Dine India on Tuesday if anyone would like to bring their work along, or it can even be brought on the night of 27 August.
It’s an exciting time of year – not long to our new season. I look forward to seeing the results of your summer photography.

Best wishes


Vocal Points 12/8/2019

Hi all

Summer seems to be flying past. It only seems like yesterday that we held our awards night and now the summer is drawing to a close. No doubt, you have all had notification of our remaining events from Mike Norton and I hope to see you all at Tardebigge tomorrow evening. The weather hasn’t always been kind to us this year, however, the forecast for Tuesday evening looks good.

On Saturday we are promoting our society on Bromsgrove High Street. We have gained many new members through this event in recent years – new members are our lifeblood, fresh faces, fresh ideas and loads of enthusiasm. I have two requests –

1 We need prints to display a range of our work on the day. If you have any work you would like to include, either bring it to Tardebigge tomorrow, or contact me to make other arrangements.

2 We need help on the day. We will be there from 9 AM to 4 PM approximately. If you can spare a couple of hours on the day, please let me know.

Your committee has produced an exciting programme for the new season and I look forward to revealing all the details to you in the coming weeks.

See you all soon


Vocal Points 4/8/2019

Hi all

We are now at the peak of the summer season. Now is the time to get out and about and get those winning shots. Perhaps we should be leaving our comfort zones and trying something new.
The weather is mostly kind to us at the minute and this is likely to be a busy week for photographers. Two major events to note –

Spetchley Park Worcester August 10/11th multi Re-enactment meeting – one of biggest in the country. Over 1000 take part in Living History event.

Hartpury College (near Gloucester) 4-day equestrian event August 8-11th (cross country on 10th)

We really are spoilt for choice. Also this week, our summer programme takes us to Evesham on Tuesday for the Chinese meal – always a popular night in the calendar. Further details will be provided by Mike in due course.

Also of note, the next committee meeting will be on Monday 12 August. If there is any matter of note that you would like us to cover, please contact myself or any committee member in the next few days.

To finish with – most of you will also be aware that two of our members suffered the theft of their cameras and other gear. Any theft or burglary is devastating and hurtful. We tend to have expensive gear for our hobby, which is also a magnet to criminals. Whilst the impact of crimes like this takes its toll, it is good to see people rallying round in support.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope to see you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes


Vocal Points 22/7/2019

The school holidays are upon us. For many that will mean taking time away for a well-earned break – either in this country or further afield. What an opportunity for stocking up on photos for the winter season. Somehow, car journeys seem to take longer at this time of year – especially if you stop in the middle of nowhere on a Thursday night to take shots of a magnificent evening sky. I believe quite a few of us have a folder on our computer just for skies that could be used as backdrops.

Talking of Thursday, Anne and I went to Smethwick to see the Inter-Federation Print Display. There was some high quality work there and it’s well worth a visit – it runs until 31 July.

As photographers, we all have our niche areas – whether that be Nature, Studio, Landscape, etc – but sometimes we need to push ourselves in different directions just for the stimulation of doing something different. On Saturday Beks, Anne and myself volunteered to cover a charity event. I think that is fair to say that we all felt out of our comfort zone to start with, but what a great night! And the results don’t look bad either.

I hope to see you all at Harvington Hall on Tuesday. A great location for reflection shots and nature work; plus the forecast looks good.

Happy snapping


Vocal Points 15/7/2019

I’ve got to be honest and say that photography took a back seat for me this weekend with so much televised sport going on.

It was great to see our very own land girls enjoying the 1940’s weekend – great outfits and obviously having a fabulous time.

The summer programme is going well and after the rocky start, the weather is now being kind to us.I’m sure that all who attended the BBQ at Jenny Webster’s on Tuesday will agree it was a superb night. This week we travel to Stourport – somewhere I am not familiar with so personally, I am really looking forward to it. Look out for information from Mike regarding our rendezvous point.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the good weather whilst you can. See you all soon.


Vocal Points 9/7/2019

Hi all

Life’s little dramas often hinge on the toss of a coin. This morning we debated whether to go to the 1940’s reenactment at Severn Valley Railway, or head in into Birmingham for some people shots (and the guilty pleasure of going to the Black Sabbath history event at the Gas Hall). Well, Brum won and all went well until we got a flat tyre leaving the car park. No spare – just the manufacturer’s repair spray kit – useless. 90 minutes later back to Bournheath on the back of a rescue truck. Next time we will go to SVR

A good night was had by all in Kidderminster on Tuesday. Pleasant enough by the canal and we even had the pleasure of an American couple coming through the lock in a narrowboat. Then someone suggested going to Springfield Park – another toss of the coin decision. Whilst we had been at the canal the main dual carriageway through Kidderminster had been closed for re-surfacing. Major dramas ensued trying to get to the park as we were on the wrong side of the river.
Heigh-ho – life hinges on minor decisions.

Well, this week should be the highlight of the summer season. Our summer BBQ at Jenny Webster’s property. Jenny has very generously offered to host the event and supply most of the food. In addition, we have the use of her hides and garden on the night for photography. Plus, if that’s not enough Sean Bullock has offered to bake a couple of his cakes for the night. This should be a great night and deserves the support of our membership, so let’s hope for a good turnout on the night. The hides are available from 6 PM, the food is likely to be ready from about 7 onwards.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes


Vocal Points 30/6/2019

Hi all

What a good night we had at Avoncroft on Tuesday and a good turnout. At times the weather was so overcast that we had to increase the ISO significantly, but overall we had enough kind light to produce some good results. Our male model Mark was relatively inexperienced but is likely to go far in the future. Our female model Shaleema was absolutely stunning and a joy to work with. I for one would be very happy to see her at one of our studio nights.

This week we are visiting Kidderminster canal – please see Mike’s email for further details. The weather forecast looks good, so let’s hope for a good turnout. Photos, a chat and maybe some liquid refreshment afterwards- what more could you ask for? AND FREE
Looking forward to the following week 9 July, we have our summer BBQ at Jenny Webster’s gardens. Jenny has kindly offered to supply most of the food. There will be some soft drinks and wine provided, but please feel free to bring along any of your favourites. We will also have the use of Jenny’s hides on the evening, so it is also a time to bring along your camera. One small suggestion – whilst we will provide some “glasses” it may be a good idea to bring along your own receptacles for drinks to minimise any waste on the night.

I see that a few people have been to the 1940’s event at Severn Valley Railway this weekend. This will also be repeated next weekend and is an ideal occasion to get some “period” shots.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday. Happy snapping.